The Robert McLaughlin Gallery – Fall Exhibitions Opening + Artist Talks

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 2PM – 4PM

This fall, the RMG is pleased to present two exciting new major exhibitions:

Oshawa: A History of Local 222 by artists Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge and body language by artists Dani Crosby + David Bobier.

Artists will be in attendance to talk about their work. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Coming from Toronto? We have organized a bus to bring you to and from the opening! Pick up: in front of OCADU at 1:00PM and will return to OCADU for 4:30. To reserve a spot on the bus: RSVP to vault@rmg.on.ca.

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Conde + Beveridge (CB53 Oshawa)
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Oshawa (Part 5) 1984 3, from the series Oshawa: A History of Local 222, cibachrome print, 1982 – 1983. Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge
Oshawa: A History of Local 222

October 04, 2019 – January 19, 2020

For over 40 years, artists Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge have been creating urgent and insightful work that challenges the status quo and brings to light the important issues facing our time. With unwavering attention and unapologetic political analysis, Condé + Beveridge’s work continues to explore the social and environmental impacts of globalization, racial inequality, class struggle, gendered labour divisions, precarity, and the complex struggles of consensus building. In tandem to this practice, they have worked collaboratively with union members and fellow artists, bringing the labour movement and art world into dialogue and in doing so, have transformed them both.

This exhibition presents the photo series Oshawa: A History of Local 222 (1982-83), a comprehensive body of work that traces the history of the autoworkers union in Oshawa from its formation in 1937 through to the mid-1980s. To produce the work, Condé + Beveridge spent two years interviewing and working with members of the Local 222 Retirees Committee. The resulting work, uses intricately staged tableaux to narrate the workers struggle from the perspective of women working in the plant and highlights gender-specific inequalities, including the fight for married women to be able to work and the inclusion of women in the union.

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Image Left: David Bobier, Transcommunicator I & II, mixed media installation, 4’x4’x2’, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Right: Dani Crosby, Portrait 3, Durham Region Portrait Project, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

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Dani Crosby + David Bobier

September 21, 2019 – January 05, 2020

Body language is comprised of all that is not said during a conversation. It is the intangible and subjective understanding of the expressions, gestures, intonations, temperaments, spatial configurations and feelings during an encounter with another that allow us to make sense of the experience. In much the same way, the works in this exhibition are about an intuitive understanding of another person’s experience and a desire for connection that exceeds the limits of language. Working collaboratively, Oshawa-based illustrator and artist Dani Crosby and London-based multi-media artist David Bobier each produced a new body of work that responds to personal stories of Durham residents.

Collected anonymously through an online survey, participants were prompted with questions intended to inspire personal reflection such as: “What challenges you most on a daily basis?” and “When you first meet people, what do you wish they understood about you that is not immediately noticeable?” The artists then selected twelve stories from the diverse group of participants to translate and represent in different ways through their work.

To learn more about our exhibitions, please visit: http://rmg.on.ca/exhibitions/


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is situated on the ancestral lands and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nation.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a vibrant and engaging art gallery dedicated to sharing and protecting the stories of our communities through art, shared authority, education, and engagement. The Gallery is a meeting place for exploration and experimentation, a place where art, artists, and the community come together in conversation.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an accessible venue. To learn more or request accommodations click here.

For more information, questions, or concerns please contact Ingrid Forster, Communications & Digital Media Lead at iforster@rmg.on.ca

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